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  1. Jihadi who got classroom of pupils to act out the Westminster terror attack has been convicted thanks to the hard work of detectives and security services. A "high-risk" strategy to arrest a terror suspect before the extent of his crimes were fully known has paid off after the school administrator, who made children re-enact the Westminster terror attack, was convicted. Umar Haque, 25, of Newham, east London, first came to the attention of law enforcement when he tried to travel to Turkey in April 2016. He was stopped and his passport was revoked by the Home Office after research into terrorism was found on his phone. But it was not until almost a year later, according to Commander Dean Haydon, that the first evidence came to light of his plan to radicalise children, after Haque had been arrested for driving without insurance. In May 2017 Haque was arrested on suspicion of terror offences as police established he had been working at a school. Commander Haydon said: "We intervened early, that was probably a high-risk strategy on our part but we needed to fully understand what was happening in the school." It turned out Haque who worked at one school, and had previously been employed by another was also teaching at a mosque's education centre. He had been in contact with 250 children aged 11-14. He was showing them graphic terrorist videos of beheading and other serious violence in a bid to radicalise them towards Islamist extremism. "He made them role play terrorist attacks, part of that was the role of re-enacting attacks on police officers," Cmdr Haydon added. The children were told repeatedly to act out the then recent Westminster terror attack in which PC Keith Palmer and four other innocent people were murdered. He planned to create "an army of children" who would stage a wave of attacks on up to 30 identified targets, mostly in London. It was his aim to teach the youngsters to drive and continue radicalising them until they reached adulthood. The Met says none of those in charge at the institutions – the Lantern of Knowledge school, and the madrassa at the Ripple Road Mosque, in Barking - were aware of what Haque was doing. Nevertheless the radical, employed as an administrator not a teacher, was left alone with groups of children on a regular basis. The Charity Commission is now carrying out its own investigation into the mosque. Some 110 children had been identified as having been shown propaganda by the jihadi, with 35 of those now on a long-term safeguarding programme. Cmdr Haydon said: "They were paralysed by fear in the classroom, he told them he had significant connections into Daesh. "He showed them pretty shocking videos of beheading, involving serious injury, murder, mostly overseas, he threatened them that if they were to talk to their teachers, parents, or allude to anybody outside of that classroom of what was going on that they would meet a similar fate. "It doesn't appear that any of those children raised the alarm bell of what was going on. There was a wall of silence." Six of those children gave evidence during his trial. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of dissemination of terrorist publications and three counts of collection of information useful to terrorists. A jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of two counts of preparation of terrorism attacks and one of collection of information useful to terrorists. The jury was hung on one count of of dissemination of terrorist publications and he was found not guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm. Abuthaher Mamun, 19, of Barking, who helped Haque, was convicted of one preparation of a terrorist act. Muhammad Abid, 27, Newham, was found guilty of having information about acts of terrorism. View on Police Oracle
  2. After sustained period of cuts, the APCC fears funding shortfall may lead to rise in crime, hurting police and state legitimacy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/29/england-and-wales-police-in-need-of-13bn-to-tackle-and-terrorism?CMP=twt_gu
  3. Parsons Green: Explosion reported on London Tube train 15 September 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Twitter/@rrigs Emergency services are at the scene of a reported explosion on a District Line Underground train in south-west London. A picture on social media showed a white bucket inside a supermarket bag, but does not appear to show extensive damage in the carriage. Witnesses described seeing at least one passenger with facial injuries. Others have spoken of "panic" as alarmed passengers left the train at Parsons Green station at around 08:20 BST (07:20 GMT) on Friday morning. Latest updates: Incident at Parsons Green London Ambulance Service says it has sent a hazardous area response team to the scene. BBC London presenter Riz Lateef, who was at Parsons Green on her way in to work, said: "There was panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion" "People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene. There was lots of panic" BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth says she saw a woman on a stretcher with burns to her face and legs. Alex Littlefield, 24, a City worker, said: "I was walking around the corner to the Parsons Green Tube station and I saw the raised platform with everyone running and looking upset. "I saw police officers, fire brigade... masses of people and armed police. There were lots of very, very distressed people. We've been pushed right back now." Content is not available Media technology consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall who was sitting on the "packed" District Line train said he saw several people injured, having apparently been trampled as they tried to escape. The 53-year-old said "suddenly there was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming. "There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off. "I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets," he said. Image copyright Alex Littlefield Natasha Wills, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: "We were called at 8:20 to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station. "We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes. "Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it." Image copyright Alex Littlefield Are you at Parsons Green station? Did you witness the events? If it's safe to share your experiences then please email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your stories. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7525 900971 Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Or Upload your pictures/video here Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Send an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (international) Please read our terms & conditions Or use the form below If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions View the full article
  4. Ciaran Maxwell, who had a list of targets including police officers, has been jailed for 18 years. Ciaran Maxwell has been jailed for 18 years A "committed" terrorist who infiltrated the British military has been jailed for 18 years for supplying bombs to dissident Irish republicans. Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were later used - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England. Bomb-making materials were found in barrels and buckets buried in the ground as well as an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card, a PSNI uniform and a police stab-proof vest. The 31-year-old, who is originally from Larne in Co Antrim and was with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset, at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August last year, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply. The Old Bailey heard that the father-of-one researched targets and discussed plans to attack police stations and officers. His plot, however, was foiled when members of the public stumbled across his weapons hides by chance. DNA evidence found on parts of the haul led them to Maxwell, who was on the national database due to his alleged involvement in an unrelated assault case. Maxwell's suspected involvement in the violent incident led to his DNA being stored on the database even though he was not prosecuted, and that was how detectives investigating mysterious arms dumps in Northern Ireland linked them to a serving Royal Marine in England. It was not the only piece of good fortune that led to Maxwell's terror plans being foiled. Police say the first two of his 43 weapons hides were discovered by accident in forest parks in Co Antrim - one by a dog walker, the other by a camper. Senior investigating officer Gillian Kearney, a detective chief inspector with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), said: "I have no doubt the action of the public in this case has saved lives." Det Chief Insp Kearney outlined how DNA traces found on some of the weapons were linked to Maxwell. "He had been involved in an assault previously and his DNA was on the national DNA database," she said. How a terrorist managed to infiltrate the British military has raised questions around the vetting process of the Royal Marines. While Maxwell now faces 18 years behind bars, police fear weapons he constructed may still be in circulation, ready for deployment by dissident republicans. Four of his pipe bombs have already been used by the violent extremists in Northern Ireland - two detonated, without causing injury - but detectives acknowledge others might still be out there. PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "We are quite clear Ciaran Maxwell had a link to a violent dissident republican group in Northern Ireland. "There is a strong likelihood that items associated with Maxwell have made their way into the hands of violent dissident groups in Northern Ireland and four of those items have been used, three in the last year. "There is no doubt that he knew these items were going to be used by violent dissident republican groupings." Detectives believe he essentially operated as a lone wolf, who despite links to the Continuity IRA, acted largely independently of that renegade organisation. Commander Dean Hayden, of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "There is no evidence to suggest Maxwell himself was directly involved in the deployment of the items but he was the bomb maker. "A significant number of dangerous items were prevented from getting into the hands of terrorists, hence the public relationship in fighting terrorism is crucial." Maxwell denied he joined the Royal Marines with the intention of infiltrating them from the outset, insisting his criminal exploits only started when his friendship deepened with an old acquaintance who was in the Continuity IRA. He claimed things then spiralled out of control and, as his lawyer put it, he got "in above his head". But detectives are not convinced by this explanation. Det Chief Insp Kearney said: "It's hard to say - we don't know that definitely. "Whatever his motivation was in joining the Royal Marines, quickly he became involved in the engineering of devices and very dangerous activity which made him a very dangerous individual." The lead detective said Maxwell used his military know-how to accumulate and construct the devices. "This was reflected in how methodical and organised he was in the way he stockpiled these things," she said. "It also gave him access to munitions and items that he could use to help him stockpile and further his activities. "I think this is very unusual and it is certainly the first case of its kind in recent years." Over five years, Maxwell, 31, stockpiled mortars, anti-personnel mines, pipe bombs, ammunition and handguns in hides as well as an image of an adapted PSNI pass card and uniform. He wrote a "to do" list on which he identified over 300 targets, including police and military buildings as well as named individuals in Northern Ireland and Britain. Maxwell joined up in September 2010 as a signaller and moved on to 40 Commando at Norton Manor Camp in Somerset in 2013, where he not only stole his colleagues' credit card details, but also a large amount of ammunition. He was about to be promoted to corporal when his double life was exposed. His efforts to build bombs began in 2011 and he sourced information and many of the components he needed from the internet. Terrorist documents and bomb-making guides, including the Irish Republican Army "Green Book", were found on Maxwell's media devices, along with potential targets. The Old Bailey heard he did a lot of his construction work while on leave in Northern Ireland in the home of his late grandmother. The finds in two parks near Maxwell's home town of Larne initially perplexed detectives. While they bore all the hallmarks of a dissident republican stash, the locations did not quite add up. Larne is a staunchly loyalist/unionist town and the last place one might expect to find a dissident arms dump. Maxwell grew up in Larne's small minority Catholic community and claimed he suffered sectarianism throughout his early life. In 2002, aged 16, he was subject to a brutal beating at the hands of loyalists - a separate incident to the one that resulted in his DNA being added to the database. While he claimed that left him dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, he denied it pushed him into adopting hard-line republican sympathies. His support for violent republicanism, he claimed, was fake - motivated by fear of dissidents who knew he was British serviceman. The discoveries at Carnfunnock and Capanagh forest parks last year sparked a major operation involving the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), the South West Counter Terrorism Unit and PSNI. In August 2016, Maxwell was arrested at his base and a search of Powderham plantation in Devon revealed more weapons stashes. The hides, near his home of Exminster, contained more improvised explosive devices, chemicals, tools, electronic storage devices, hand-written notes and a small cannabis factory. He used the drugs to supplement his military income and had copies of bank cards stolen from his comrades to be used in a fraud. In total, police recovered 14 completed pipe bombs, two anti-personnel mines, two explosively formed projectiles (EFPs), 29 firing systems, 33 bomb initiators, two hands guns and a large amount of ammunition. They seized components for many more explosive devices as well as over 100kg of explosives in Northern Ireland and a smaller quantity in the south west of England. View on Police Oracle
  5. movingzachb

    Start arming UK police?

    After reading the article about the London bridge incident where an officer used only his baton in this against an attacker, maybe its time to start carrying some sort of ready to go small side arm. Probably wouldn't hurt. Would not rely on a taser though.
  6. I wasn't sure about starting a new topic to be honest but thought this touched on general issues within Policing rather than the specific debates from today re arming etc. Although he is not a current officer I felt that it's quite refreshing to see such frank honesty about the state of Policing and resource levels. Interesting tone in the interview where Peter Kirkham actually says the government are ''lying'' Not sure if other people had seen this earlier ?
  7. A device which exploded in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland has been described as an attempt to kill police. A device exploded Tuesday at around 2030hrs in close proximity to officers on patrol. "They" have not gone away unfortunately. BBC News NI: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39350435
  8. Terror review suggests London police forces should merge By Nick Beake Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News 28 October 2016 London Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers during a Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack Training exercise Image caption The review makes a total of 127 recommendations A major review of London's ability to deal with a terror attack has suggested the three police forces serving the capital could be merged. Lord Harris of Haringey said the Home Office should consider combining the Met Police, the City of London Police and the British Transport Police (BTP). The review was ordered by mayor Sadiq Khan to assess London's security. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was "good argument" for a merger, but others had concerns. Saying the current set-up was "confusing" and the move would save money, Sir Bernard added: "We should get improved operational effectiveness and that's what this report is talking about: how to respond to a terrorist incident - would we respond better together? And I think we would." But the City of London Police said the paper itself had noted that merging forces would cause "significant disruption". In his review Lord Harris, a security adviser who chaired the Metropolitan Police Authority, concluded that any response to a terror attack would now be "substantially faster and more effective" than five years ago. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Lord Harris during a routine operation with British Transport Police officers Image caption The mayor announced the review with Lord Harris at Liverpool Street station in May But, he said, even though the intelligence agencies and the counter-terrorist police operating in London were among the best in the world, the city should be prepared for an attack with multiple fatalities. The review also found that, once the Met had completed its recruitment of 600 extra firearms officers, there would be no need for a further increase. To do so "would be at the cost of transforming the look and feel of our capital city", it said. A total of 127 recommendations were made in the paper. line Recommendations included in the review Armed police outside Downing Street A London-wide pilot of technology where all phones are sent a message alerting of a major attack Increasing the number of firearms instructors so marksmen can be trained quicker A comprehensive review of safety and security on the River Thames, commissioned by the mayor, to report by May 2017 A review of perimeter security at London City Airport - flights were disrupted last month after protesters gained access to the runway The capacity of London's major trauma centres should be reviewed Bolster mental health services to support those at risk of radicalisation. Security guards and bouncers should be trained to help prepare against an attack There should be four dedicated 24/7 Hazardous Area Response Teams and a similar number of Mass Casualty Vehicles strategically located around London All London schools to have a plan for how to prepare for a terrorist attack line Lord Harris also said live CCTV streaming should be extended across London. Earlier this year Mr Khan intervened after Westminster Council announced it would turn off its fixed CCTV cameras to save money. City of London Police said it welcomed the review but warned against merging it with the Met. "As the report clearly states, policing in London needs stability and certainty, not upheaval and disruption," they said. The BTP's Paul Crowther welcomed the report but said: "Over the past eight years, there have been a number of studies that have examined the rationale and effectiveness of a dedicated transport police force. "Each study has unequivocally concluded that there is a need for a specialist national force, which can provide 'end to end' policing and an understanding of this complex environment. "Terror review suggests London police forces should merge https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/37794847?client=ms-android-orange-gb
  9. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3700306/British-airman-attacked-knife-wielding-assailants-outside-RAF-base-raids-launched-against-ISIS-possible-terror-attack.html Police hunt two knifemen who attacked British airman outside RAF base that is home to Tornado jets bombing ISIS 'in possible terror attack' Police would not comment on whether the incident was terror related but a source told the Sun that there was a 'strong possibility' this was a terror attack, adding 'this could've been a lot more serious'. Looks like the gate has been opened and these attacks are becoming more sporadic. Lets see if a description is released any time soon.
  10. A man on trial for stabbing a musician at Leytonstone Tube station "for Syria" said he was being followed by “people from MI5 and MI6.” A jury at the Old Bailey were shown CCTV footage of Muhiddin Mire, 30, of Sansom Road, Leytonstone, seize Lyle Zimmerman, 56, from behind, at the ticket office on December 5, last year. After the attack, when Mire was finally subdued by police, a shocked eyewitness called out, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv,” – words that went viral on the internet. After his attack on Mr Zimmerman, Mire left the ticket hall and made his way to the street, where he ran into a Polish man, Daniel Bielinski, and his girlfriend. Mire swung the knife blade at Mr Bielinski, but fortunately, he quickly moved aside and avoided injury. Mr Rees said: “What happened next was extraordinary. Instead of running off to protect himself from the defendant, Mr Bielinski took out his mobile phone and began to record the defendants’ actions at some considerable risk to himself.” The court was told Mire shouted he was attacking people for "my Syrian brothers" and "Do you know if you live in Syria they bomb you? I'm going to attack your civilians." Police officers eventually Tasered Mire, and shortly after he was apprehended, one shocked onlooker shouted out, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.” The case continues. http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/14528753.Leytonstone_tube_attacker_said_he_thought_he_was____being_followed_by_MI5_and_MI6___/
  11. Over the past few days there have been a number of security alerts and finds. DR activity is expected to continue with the 100yr anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. See links regarding incidents: http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Teen-arrested-over-bomb-alert-at-PSNI-station-55396 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35769229 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-35742838 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/PSNI-relentless-in-pursuit-of-dissident-attackers-55377 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Vigilance-warning-after-Lurgan-device-reports-55406 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/07/Discovery-of-terrorist-hide-may-have-saved-lives-55333 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/05/Explosive-devices-found-in-separate-alerts-55190 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/04/Dissident-threat-severe-after-booby-trap-bomb-55135 There are many more, these are just a few of the incidents.
  12. January 17, 2016 4:40 pm Police use new tactic to fight terror threat in City of London Conor Sullivan Waiting to meet City of London police officials on Blackfriars Bridge to hear about a new crime-fighting technique, the FT stops to jot down a few notes. Soon enough a police officer, sporting an assault rifle, appears to ask why exactly this reporter is taking notes. This, it turns out, was an unwitting example of Project Servator at work — a new tactic to make life difficult for terrorists doing their homework, or “hostile reconnaissance” as the police describe it. It involves using undercover officers trained in behavioural analysis to spot people who might be scoping out sites for a potential terrorist attack. Their expertise is in noticing the subtle, sometimes unconscious ways in which people behave differently when they are stressed or anxious. They are stationed in a certain area just before the appearance of other officers in hi-vis uniforms and sometimes those on horses, with dogs or heavily armed. http://on.ft.com/1PjFAZ1 or http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/23e02e12-ba06-11e5-b151-8e15c9a029fb.html#axzz3xcFkm5Rp (if you're not an FT subscriber, try googling the title and clicking the link that google gives you...)
  13. A big boost to the number of armed police in London will help guard key buildings and other areas thought to be at risk of a terrorist gun attack. Scotland Yard is set to announce that it will increase the number of trained firearms officers by a third to allow it to double the number of police carrying weapons on the streets on any given day. http://news.sky.com/story/1622096/met-police-to-double-armed-officers-on-patrol
  14. "The Isis papers: leaked documents show how Isis is building its state" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/07/leaked-isis-document-reveals-plan-building-state-syria Interesting article that reveals a 'manual for statehood' that ISIS have drafted as part of forming their state. The caliphate is creating bureaucracy for a whole range of issues relating from education through to public health. They even have rules that govern street trading. ISIS shouldn't be underestimated. They are building a state. And they are doing it in a very sophisticated way.
  15. An unexpected but welcome ally in the fight against further cuts. The MCB fears police officers who have developed a rapport with Muslim communities over time will be replaced by anti-terror specialists who are parachuted in. Photograph: Alamy Britain’s largest Muslim group has warned that big cuts to the police planned by the Conservative government risks damaging the fight against terrorism. The Muslim Council of Britain has previously been critical of police actions and has been branded by some as supporting extremism, which it strongly denies. But it called on Sunday for the police service to be spared a swingeing cut to its budget, fearing it would lead to reductions in neighbourhood officers. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/22/muslim-group-warns-police-cuts-will-harm-trust-with-communities?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Firefox
  16. Police cuts expected to be announced in next week's Spending Review may "reduce very significantly" the UK's ability to respond to a Paris-style attack, Home Secretary Theresa May has been warned. The advisory comes in a restricted document prepared for Mrs May by one of the UK's most senior police officers. It says the ability to mobilise large numbers of officers would "reduce very significantly across the country". The Home Office said it would not comment on a leaked document. The BBC has seen key paragraphs of the document, Implications of the Paris Attack for UK Police Preparedness. It suggests further cuts to police budgets would affect the authorities' ability to respond to multiple attacks. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May has met George Osborne to try to reach a deal over the Home Office budget It is expected that Chancellor George Osborne could announce cuts to the police budget of more than 20% when he addresses Parliament on Wednesday. That is more than double what the document suggests is viable to keep numbers at the level required in the event of an attack. The government has committed to protecting the counter-terrorism budget. Analysis It's not entirely surprising that days before a big statement from the Treasury, concerns about the impact of the spending squeeze are made plain. And it's no secret that the Home Office budget is one of the departments in Whitehall that is not protected from the overall cuts. But in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, political concern over policing numbers has become acute. Read Laura's blog in full But the concerns in the document go beyond this specific budget. They are outlined in a letter to the home secretary dated 15 November and copied to the Treasury, Number 10 and the security services. It is understood to have been requested at a meeting of the government's emergency committee, Cobra, on the day after the 13 November Paris attacks that killed 129 people. The letter cites worries over "surge capacity" - the need to mobilise large numbers of officers and resources in the event of a serious attack. 'Overarching concerns' It says: "It would be remiss of me not to highlight the impact further reductions in police force numbers would have on our ability to manage terrorist incidents of this magnitude, particularly if spread simultaneously across a number of geographical locations. "Police forces across England and Wales have already seen a reduction of 40,000 officers and further losses will severely impact our surge capacity, which is heavily geared and will reduce very significantly across the country unless a different funding settlement is found." The letter says the position of different police forces varies, but "the overarching concerns are the same". It adds: "These considerations are of course in addition to the need to sustain neighbourhood policing to maintain local trust and intelligence flows." Mr Osborne and Mrs May met on Thursday to try to finalise spending plans for the Home Office. Labour's shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has written to Mrs May over the concerns raised in the letter. Speaking on the BBC's Question Time, he said cuts of 5% to the police budget over the next five years were "doable" and between 5% and 10% would be "difficult". He added: "But go beyond 10%, it's dangerous." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34875077
  17. Ongoing seige in Paris after early morning raid on a flat. One woman detonated a suicide vest and 2 more have been killed by police. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34853657
  18. At least 18 people have been killed in several shootings in the French capital, Paris, as well as explosions at the Stade de France. At least one man opened fire with an automatic gun at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district. Liberation newspaper reports four deaths. It also reports shootings near the Bataclan arts centre. Three explosions are also reported outside a bar near the Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany. Reports say French President Francois Hollande was watching the match and has been moved to safety. A BBC journalist at the Petit Cambodge restaurant says he can see 10 people on the road either dead or seriously injured. He says police have now arrived and sealed off the area. An eyewitness told Liberation he had heard more than 100 rounds being fired. It says the gunman has fled the scene. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34814203 Still breaking news. Twitter is reporting possible suicide bombers involved also. Not good at all.
  19. Shift: Friday Night Time Economy Rank: Special Constable Length of Service: 3 years Planned duty: 1900-0300 Due to lots of aid across boroughs in the MPS I found myself in Westminster on a recent Friday, where 125 Specials were deployed to police the night time economy. Unfortunately a slightly shirt shift as I only booked on last minute and had to be up early the following day. 1900 - Arrive at local nick, pick up a car and head into central picking up a mate I'd be working with that night enroute. Our tasking was to provide media support for the evening and generate as much activity we could on social media using the @MPSSpecials twitter channel. (Give us a follow!) 2100-2130 - Briefing at Westminster - get a couple of good snaps from the top floor of the Specials being paraded in the yard prior to deployment. 2131 - Walk out of the back gate to get something from the car and notice two males making observations of who is going in and out and looking very suspicious. Having stopped and accounted them and built up some substantial grounds I conducted my first ever terrorism search. Negative result, but they both got nicked for being illegal entrants to the UK having arrived on lorries that morning! 2135-2300 - Queue for custody, although there is no one in front of us... At the risk of getting an email inviting me to a meeting without biscuits we'll say no more about it! 2300-2330 - Prisoner booked in, notes written and handed over to UKBF. 2330-0200 - Answered a few calls, got a few more photos and most enjoyably met a bunch of really great Specials from all over the Met. 0200-0300 - Drive back to the nick, dropping off my oppo enroute and booked off for the night. Hopefully this wasn't too boring to read, but it will certainly be a memorable shift for me just for the search!
  20. Cuba Solidarity Campaign welcomes apology for what police describe as ‘regrettable error’ in costume choice for actor in simulated terrorist attack The Metropolitan police have apologised unreservedly for dressing one of their “terrorists” in a Cuban flag T-shirt during the recent Operation Strong Tower simulation of a terrorist attack in London. Complaints were made to the police after the officer, who was also wearing a balaclava and carrying a weapon, was shown on national television on 1 July. Maxine de Brunner, the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, has written to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, which raised the issue, to offer an official apology. “I have viewed the footage which has concerned you and others,” she wrote. “Photographs and film do show one of the role actors wearing a T-shirt under their jacket, which shows the flag of Cuba. This was clearly a regrettable error, which I take full responsibility for.” She added: “The role actor has been spoken to. He genuinely did not think of the significance and implications of wearing a T-shirt with a national flag on it. The impact has been explained, he is genuinely sorry and states there was no intention to cause offence or associate the Cuban people with terrorism.” De Brunner offered a “sincere and unreserved apology” and said lessons would be learned for future exercises. Rob Miller, of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, welcomed the apology. “The cruel irony is that, in fact, the Cuban people themselves have been the victims of numerous terrorist attacks from US-based groups over the last 55 years, which have left 3,478 dead and 2,099 disabled,” he said. “Too often, the small island of Cuba has suffered misrepresentation and misinformation from the anti-Cuban mass media. This incident could further perpetuate such dominant anti-Cuba smears.” http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/10/met-apologises-terrorist-actor-cuban-flag-t-shirt-mock-attack
  21. French defence ministry is to review security at all arms depots after explosives, grenades and detonators stolen from a military base in Miramas, southern France France is to review security at all of its munitions depots after 40 grenades, 180 detonators and plastic explosives were stolen from a major base in southern France. "Very well informed" thieves broke into the Miramas arms depot northwest of Marseille, southern France, in the early hours of Monday after cutting through two wire fences, according to judicial sources. The Marseille prosecutor has launched an inquiry into “theft via a break-in by an organised gang and fraudulent entry of a military base”. The defence ministry has also launched an administrative inquiry into the worrying robbery of enough explosives to “blow up any bank or, worse, commit a large-scale attack at a time when the terrorist threat is high in France,” according to TF1, the French TV news channel. Situated by the Berre lake, Miramas is a 250-hectare “logistics base” with rail access housing munitions used in external military operations, such as France’s campaign to neutralise Islamists in Mali. Around 250 military staff are present in the day but only a few guards at night at Miramais, according to the local mayor Frédéric Vigouroux, who said there had been a “change of command” in the past ten days. “Miramas has stocked munitions since the First World War. It houses many soldiers notably those as they prepare to leave for external military operations with the necessary munitions”. “This is being taken very seriously but we don’t know the true extent of the theft yet, nor the causes – it could be anything, including the worst," he told TF1. Several of the depots can be seen behind barbed wire from the road, according to AFP. According to Europe 1 radio, the two lines of fence are not equipped with security cameras. The defence ministry has ordered a review of “the protection of all military sites stocking munitions” within two weeks. The review will “propose any required corrective measures”, the ministry said in a statement. France has been on high terror alert since the January Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17 and more recently a grisly attack by a lone Islamiston the outskirts of Lyon, southwestern France last month. Yassin Salhi, 35, a delivery van driver, beheaded his boss, hoisted an Islamic State flag on a factory fence and tried to blow the site up. He sent two selfies of his crime to a French jihadist in Syria. The attack came just hours before an Islamist gunman attacked a resort hotel in Tunisia killing 39 people, mostly British holiday-makers, and the same day that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia Muslim mosque in Kuwait, killing him and 26 others. France has been singled out as a jihadist target since conducting an anti-Islamist military operation in Mali and participating in air strikes against Isil positions in Iraq. Isil recently called on Muslims to kill citizens of Western countries - “especially the spiteful and filthy French”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11723764/Forty-grenades-180-detonators-and-plastic-explosives-stolen-from-French-military-base.html
  22. For all the rhetoric that the West will stand united and will smash ISIS, I just found out that an Independence Day event has been cancelled at a US air base on UK soil. The Red Arrows, due to perform, have themselves cancelled. Of course you can look at this two ways: cancel and ISIS have achieved what they want. Let it go ahead with some trouble and - well, we all know the fallout from that. But given this - have ISIS won? Should the event have gone ahead with extra security to thumb noses at these terrorists? Link
  23. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/30/police-conduct-londons-largest-ever-terror-attack-training-exercise Weird timings if you ask me. I know this exercise has been months in the planning for an active shooter scenario but the fact that it comes just a couple of days after a shooting (albeit in a foreign country) that left many Brits dead means that its especially relevant. I feel for the guys in all that kit though. some of the best pics

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